Forsyth Futures Staff
Adam Hill, M.S.
Adam received a Master of Science in Neuroscience from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Binghamton University. Adam’s previous work experience was in the Office of Sustainability at Yale University serving as a research assistant. He is currently performing the data management and research responsibilities for The Forsyth Promise – a community-wide education partnership focused on improving outcomes for children and students from birth to career. In addition, Adam oversees the organization’s work in support of similar data driven initiatives within the community, such as Imagine Forsyth and the Age Friendly Forsyth. He is committed to working in communities and transforming research and data into action that will yield positive outcomes for children and families.
Elizabeth Perkins Lees, M.P.H.
Director of Data and Research
Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wake Forest University. Elizabeth also completed a certificate program in socio-contextual determinants of health while at Emory. Her research projects for Forsyth Futures include studies on homelessness, kindergarten readiness, electoral participation, access to health care, and poverty.
Megan Grigg, M.A.
Senior GIS Analyst
Jessica Cannady, M.S.
Community Research Analyst
Jessica provides data and research support for community-based research efforts. In her capacity as a research analyst, she engages in relationship building, and opportunities to work with local groups to identify useful data points in support of action- and advocacy-oriented efforts.
She believes in the importance of data in all unique forms, as well as the vital role of relationship building and co-creative processes in all levels of Forsyth Futures’ work. She has over seven years of experience as a research assistant, with concentrations in survey development and implementation, manuscript writing for publication, and practical experience in counseling and domestic violence survivor advocacy and supportive services.
At the core of her work, Jessica seeks to operate from a perspective of equity, recognizing opportunities for organizational development and accountability as a whole community. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys organizing around social justice issues related to mental health wellness, as well as housing affordability, quality, and access. She enjoys reading, dancing, and experimenting with new dishes and desserts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, as well as a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Theresa Hoffman-Makar, M.P.H.
Age-Friendly Forsyth Project Manager
Theresa Hoffman-Makar joined the Forsyth Futures team in July 2016. She currently serves as the Data Analyst for Age-Friendly Forsyth, a collective impact initiative that focuses on addressing issue and need areas of adults aged 60 and older in Forsyth County. Prior to her role with Forsyth Futures, she has held positions within two major health systems in this area, Cone Health and Novant Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies with a nutrition minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), as well as a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health education from UNCG. Additionally, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Certified Health Coach (CHC).
Theresa grew up in Forsyth County. She is very passionate about helping others, particularly aging adults and people with special needs; her brother is hearing and visually impaired and has been her source of inspiration. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband (John), daughter (Mia), and dog (Delila). Her hobbies include running, winning FitBit challenges, binge watching shows, crafting, and shopping.
Data and Research Analyst
Shane comes to Forsyth Futures having held diverse roles within the public sector. While in the Army, Shane mapped the socio-economic conditions within Iraqi and Afghan villages. He then entered the policy and legal fields as a policy analyst for a state legislature and a staff attorney for a state trial court judge. Prior to joining Forsyth Futures, he worked as a data analyst for Elon University School of Law where he statistically modeled predictors of academic success.
Shane’s experiences in the public sector convinced him that in-depth insights often arrive through data, and his desire to help deliver those insights brought him to Forsyth Futures. In this role, he helps build a stronger community through data-driven decision making. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, a masters of science in data analytics from Penn State University, and a bachelors of science in economics from the University of Central Arkansas.
Daymond Davenport, MSW
Community Engagement Coordinator, Age-Friendly Forsyth
Daymond Davenport joined Forsyth Futures in January 2020 as the Community Engagement Coordinator. In this capacity, Daymond works to connect, inform and engage aging adults and community partners through collaborative planning.
Daymond grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In 2014, he moved to North Carolina to pursue his passion for education and helping those around him. Daymond received his Bachelor of Social Work and his Master of Social Work from East Carolina University. Immediately before joining Forsyth Futures, he interned for Council Member Denise D. Adams as a Community Liaison. Through this experience, he had the opportunity to work one-on-one with the residents of Winston-Salem. He has also worked with and advocated for the interest of at-risk youth, small businesses and low-income residents. Daymond decided to become an advocate for the aging adult population after seeing first-hand the difficulties aging adults may face within the Winston-Salem community. Daymond looks forward to using his experiences to advance the interest of the aging adult population of Forsyth County.